- Publisher: Tahiti Publishing (January 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933850078
- ISBN-13: 978-1933850078
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
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Cocktails in Tahiti: A Guide to Tahiti's Most Beautiful Resorts and Cocktails Paperback – Jan 2006
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I decided to have a Tahitian party last weekend with my family and friends. I was able to recreate the Tahitian cocktails we had on our honeymoon and share some interesting facts about the islands, as well as, the hotels in the French Polynesia. The cocktails were so easy to make and they looked so festive. I was able to recreate the look of the cocktail by using the pictures in the book. Everyone at my party kept raving about how much they loved what they were drinking and wanted to see the Tahitian cocktail book. After looking at the book - they just had to have a copy. I was so excited about their requests, I can order this book on-line and have it shipped to my home just in time for Christmas. I do not have to "fight" the crowds at the mall! My party was a huge Tahitian success!
If you want to bring the French Polynesia Islands to your home and experience paradise - I highly recommend this book. Thank you for making my party festive and memorable!!!
The introductory material on cocktail mixing is quite good, with explanations of many of the more exotic ingredients needed for many of the drink recipes. Seasoned mixologists can skip this, but it's useful for beginners.
Scattered throughout the book are brief notes on such tangential topics as pearls, the Bounty mutiny, the Tahitian language, etc. However, these are soundbite sidebars. The ones on Gauguin and breadfruit are four sentences each, for example. Given that the Mai Tai has close ties to Tahiti, there is a page on the history of this great drink. Half of it is a quoted passage from the Trader Vic web site. The rest is three scant paragraphs. Very disappointing, but then, I'm a Mai Tai afficianodo. (I published a few essays on the topic, and contributed to the original Tiki Road Trip book.)
The meat of the book is the recipes. There are two sections of these. The first is a collection of original creations, mostly adapted from familiar cocktails by the addition of one or more "exotic" ingredients. The second section is a collection of recipes actually served at a variety of luxury resorts, mostly on Bora Bora, also Moorea and Tahiti.
The first thing I found odd was the heavy leaning toward Vodka. Many drinks are variations of classic drinks such as the martini. About half of the drinks are rum-based, somewhat fewer than I expected. The actual count, by dominant liquor follows. Rum: 25 recipes, vodka: 19, tequila: 4, gin: 2, mixes without dominant liquor: 6. Tequila? I'm sure it is served there, but what an odd choice for a book like this with so few recipes. I'd also expect a few more mixes - one of the joys of polynesian drinks is the clever blending of ingredients into what we scientifically call a "concoction". Lots of secondary and tertiary ingredients though. Coconut in various forms is used frequently, which is a Tahitian staple of course. Pineapple doesn't feature, but is a secondary ingredient in many beverages. No pina colada, but several interesting variations with more complexity, from the looks of them.
Unlike bartending books by the likes of Beachbum Berry, this book relies on ingredients that are somewhat more accessible. I haven't found coconut iced cream, which is used in several recipes here, but things like Malibu and mango juice are easy to find. The toughest one for me was parfait amour, but well-stocked stores have it. (There are several brands, not all good; the best one I found was cheaper than the syrupy copycats.) While I appreciate the ease of locating ingredients, this also detracts from the "Tahitian" theme of the drinks, by making things a bit more pedestrian. Can't have it both ways, I guess.
So far, I've made a small number of the drinks, and found them all to be good. Nothing outstanding yet, but I'll keep at it. I'm trying the more exotic, fruity ones first. Adding "Tahitian" vanilla to rum, lime and sugar, and calling it a "Caipirinha Tahiti" doesn't tempt me much - though it sounds great, and I'll get to it. Each drink comes with a gorgeous photo of a suggested presentation, with some tasteful artwork adornments, emphasizing the bright sunny colors of the drinks. No tacky tiki mugs here!
Mixed feelings? Isn't that the best kind? ;)
The photos of the cocktail drinks are gorgeous. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are easy to make and very tasty too! I have another cocktail book where the recipes are exotic but use ingredients that are complicated and make it too hard to really try many of the drinks. This book is just the opposite, there's a good variety of drinks and they are all practical and not too hard to make at home. Also, the different mai tai recipes were very interesting and very different. The first pages of information on making drinks - creating cocktails and discussions on the fruits used and liquors used are fairly standard but still good.
Anyway, we love this book because it is so pretty, and we love the drinks and the hotels in it. It is a great souvenir from a perfect trip. I'd highly recommend this book as a gift to anyone who is going to Tahiti or has been to Tahiti.
Mr. Bondurant's love and knowledge of Tahiti come through clearly in the book, which is very well laid out. It provides enough information and explains things in such a way that an amateur can make delicious Tahitian cocktails as well as the most experienced bartender. The fun facts about Tahiti, along with summaries of the total hotels and the gorgeous pictures, makes this book a must have.
Until I can take my first trip to Tahiti, this book will help bring a little Tahiti to my home.